Tsunami Pale Ale - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Tsunami Pale AleTsunami Pale Ale

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-24-2010

Dive into a Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale. Waves of mandarin orange aroma swell into this light ale body, coasting to a smooth, easy finish. This Tsunami is a breezy ride, not too bitter, and a perfect introduction for those not yet familiar with the craft brewing world. Prepare your palate to take the plunge with a chilled Tsunami Pale, best served in a pint glass.

31 IBU
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Phocion
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Review from notes. March 16, 2015; bottle purchased about a week and a half prior. Bomber pours into my glass a slightly hazy orange with a solid finger of frothy white head. Good retention and thick, sticky lacing, like most other TG bottled beers.

Massively sweet tropical fruit hoppy aroma. A bit of cardboard oxidation flavor too - interesting since this was just released. Lots of mango and orange and a bit of floral hoppiness. Huge caramel and bready malts.

Flavor is very juicy as well. Oxidized flavor doesn't hit in the flavor much, thankfully. Very earthy and lightly spicy hops. Chewy and a bit bready with a somewhat pronounced bitterness in the back, but almost cloyingly sweet.

Light bodied and moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, I don't like this beer at all. Is this an old batch? I've never had old TG beer before since it tends to sell quite rapidly and this one had just hit the shelves when I bought it. Thick, and too sweet but a bitter aftertaste. Not good flavors and they don't balance each other out. A very sad disappointment from TG.

Photo of zeledonia
2.26/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 28 Feb 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear, medium orange. One finger of white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is herbal, a bit tannic and acidic. Smells like it's hit hard with bittering hops or noble-like hops.

Taste is not good. There's really not much redeeming about it. It's grainy, with a sharp, unpleasant bitterness. Aspirin, chalk, and chemical aftertaste. No way I'm finishing this.

Feel is okay, but it lasts, and I want it gone. Medium-bodied, expanding to fill the mouth. Carbonation is lower than I'd like.

Not a good beer. Tastes like my early attempts at homebrewing a pale ale, totally unbalanced and dominated by flavor-light malts and sharply bitter hops. Hard to believe that TG can put out stuff like this, when many of there other beers are so amazing. This one is a definite pass.

Photo of BillRoth
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at TG during Beer Safari trip. Another great PA from TG.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.22/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Worst TG beer i have had. Tasted like malt liquor

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. Always excited to try offerings from TG. 22oz bomber into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a thin, .5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear ruby red. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky. Decent.

Notes of pineapple, lychee, grapefruit and cane sugar. Very sweet. Moderately aromatic.

Opens pine resin, citrus, pineapple and lychee sweetness. Some dank resiny hop bitterness in the middle. Ends mildly tart with more grass, tea leaves and bark towards the end. Enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and crisp. Accented finish with a filmy aftertaste. Pretty good.

A very solid pale ale but I would've expected a little more out of TG. This has great balance but it doesn't have the huge citrus and tropical fruit character that I'm looking out for in a world class pale ale.

Photo of jaymo18
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Noticeable DMS presence. Surprisingly disappointing for a TG hoppy ale

Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, super sediment hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings lots of malts, aged hops, sweet malt and fruity messy hops, bbq sauce fruits, fresh wort malt, mild stone fruit, apricot note in the background.

Taste some malts, grainy malts with little Belgian notes, fresh wort, grassy and fruity hops, malty with little fruity rye like note, doughy, earthy, over ripe apple mush, herbal tea. Finish is sticky sweet, fruity meh, malty.

Mouth is med bod, lighter bit decent carb,

This seemed a bit old, faded, malty, old hops, etc, but not sure as they don't date it unfortunately, not very impressive, esp compared to the other TG beers I've had. this is a great brewery and I think this beer just got left behind.

Photo of EuphonicHops
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No date on bottle. Tasted well past it's prime.

Photo of atrocity
2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No bottle dating... cardboardy, yeasty, creamed corn.

Photo of rudzud
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with lots of particulate. White head fades to leave sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of loads of sweet malts, tea, earthy cardboard. Definitely an old apa.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of malts. Tea, earthy hops. Old hops, old beer, faint caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit stale.

O - Overall this beer was really old and tired. Quite a shame.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slight hazed light orange color with a white head and some streaking lacing fresh collar
light mandarin and tangerine some lemon bread sweet malts
nice light tropical and citrus fruits a biscuit and caramel malt grassy finish
medium carbonation light hops very little bitterness
a stater PA its tasty and drinkable really liked the tangerine /maderin flavors

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A weird pale. The mouthfeel is a little off. Not very bitter. Lots of mango and some citrus. Bready.

Photo of Enochase04
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Could not find anything enjoyable on this. Disappointed.

Photo of Reinbeck11
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The look of this beer is really nice. Hazy orange with a solid full head. Smell and taste didn't appeal to me. Light smell with citrus scent flavor was same but ended with a bit of a metalic flavor that held on too long. Good carbonation that was would have melded with the taste better had the aftertaste not been there.

Photo of Petcha
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Doesn't hold up to TGs other offerings. Muddled hop flavors that feel tired. Missing that crisp bright pop like sue or g nug.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint shows off a partly cloudy/hazy deep orange brew with a foamy off-white head.

Smell is very strong malt. Like buscuits. Also oranges

The strong caramel malt base dominates the taste. Bready with a touch of citrus hops. Faint orange and grapefruit provide a touch of sourness. Smooth aftertaste.

On the heavier end body wise for a pale ale, but medium overall. Decent amount of carbonation.

Hop hunters are not going to be fighting for this one. Nothing elaborate, but just a very, very good, drinkable beer. Sometimes simplicity is a good thing. I would gladly take this over a SNPA.

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a one finger foamy white head. The aroma has oranges, melon, bread and biscuit malt.

Tastes much like it smells with oranges, light grapefruit, melon, bread and biscuit malt, with some caramel. At 31 IBUs it is not a hop bomb, but a Pale Ale isn't supposed to be as bitter or hoppy as an IPA. Has a nicely balanced taste.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a light citrus aftertaste. Smooth and easy to drink. I would buy a bottle of this again without hesitation.

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Doesnt have the same clean mouth that other TG hoppy beers have. Also a lingering note that wasnt pleasant. Bottle was less than 3 weeks old

Photo of ramay86
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear. Pale amber body, classic TG stickiness on top.

Nose shows some biscuit, conifer, tangerine.

Pretty clean on the palate. A lot of the same notes that surface in the aroma. Very drinkable, Nice finish.

Not on the same level as their other pales, but a nice beer.

Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is slightly floral and orange zest. Taste dank hop bitterness , orange juice but not overly citrusy.

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is odd, tastes like a hoppy pilsner. Not what I expected from a TG Brew. Glad I got to try it, but wouldn't pick it up again.

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have the pleasure of drinking this shit straight off the line and I can say that this was fantastic. Almost electric orange in color and not quite as flavorful as I would have liked. Always look forward to TG and eagerly waiting what the next move will be for them. Bottoms Up

Photo of Mdog
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: First hits with black olives, then some indistinct berries and mild sweetness. Kinda strange.

Taste: The strangeness continues, moderate sweetness, earthy berries, dull orange.

Overall: Picked up a bottle over in Wiscoland to try. Glad I only picked up one, this is pretty strange tasting, earthy oranges--like they are just going bad and losing their sweetness.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife really loves this one. Thanks for bottlling this TG.

Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled about 5 days ago.

A - A clear peach orange color with a 1.5 finger white head. A thin ring and some spotty lacing form on glass.

S - Sweet floral notes with orange. A big Pilsner malt aroma with bread and biscuit.

T - Light hop presence and a big malty sweet presence. Caramel, bread, and biscuit with the flavor of a Pils blend with a nice orange marmalade and floral notes.

M - Medium feel with good carbonation. Unexpected dry finish, yet crisp.

O - A big malty APA that is easy to drink. Not one of TGs best, but still very good.

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Tsunami Pale Ale from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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